Have you ever had someone downplay weight loss, specifically just how easy it is?
This person probably is someone you refer to as your “skinny friend” who, while you’re out ordering salad with oil and vinegar dressing, is having burgers and fries and living to tell about it after the scale says nothing has changed.
Meanwhile, you’re dieting extensively and nothing has changed. The scale hardly would be considered a friend of yours, and despite all your heartache, blood, sweat and tears and all that time in the gym, you’re at square one and are equal parts disappointed and frustrated with the results up to this point.
Struggling with weight even though you believe you’re doing everything right, sort of like having a budget and knowing you make more than your expenses, but yet wonder aloud why you don’t have any money at the end of the month.
Losing weight is similar to that in that you believe wholeheartedly you’re doing everything right, and you haven’t seen any results.
You really have to look closely at your diet and exercise habits, but also other contributing factors such as stress and work, relationships and other things of that ilk that also play into your endeavor.
For instance, you believe that you’re eating well, but maybe even after a small breakfast and healthy, salad and greens filled lunch, you’re eating a bigger dinner and find yourself picking and snacking all night.
Water, also, is the great equalizer to losing weight, and if you’re not drinking enough water, you won’t be able to drop pounds given that water often replaces hunger, especially when you’re body is just dehydrated, which masks itself as feeling as though you’re hungry.
Fast forward past the gym and eating, and look at your work situation in two ways: stress and sleep. If you’re not sleeping enough, you will put weight on as a result. The same can be said for being overworked and stressed out and your cortisol levels go through the roof, which means you might have a tendency to overeat, particularly sugar.
Losing weight, or trying to, tends to be harder than most believe. Those who are lucky to be able to have the “fast” metabolism might not quite understand what others go through who have situations or circumstances that include in and out of the gym that lead to weight gain, when all you want to do is take the pounds off.